Students with Disabilities Break 5% Barrier for the 1st Time!
New AHEAD research has shown that for the first time since records began, students with disabilities now make up over 5% of the total student population in higher education in Ireland.
In real terms, this means that in an average university lecture hall with 20 rows seating 400, there will be on average one student with a disability sitting in every row and 20 students with disabilities in a full lecture.
Amongst the 6 recommendations made in the report are the building of a learning environment that embeds flexibility and equality into learning and assessment practices in higher education, and the extension of access to funding for educational supports for students with disabilities to those studying part time courses.
Amongst the key findings are:
- 27 HEI’s in Ireland identified a total of 10,773 students with disabilities representing 5.1% of the total student population. This represents an 11% rise in the numbers year on year and for the first time since records began, students with disabilities have broken the 5% barrier as a proportion of the total student population.
- The number of students with a disability per staff member (disability and learning support staff) has risen 21% year on year to an average of 117 students per staff member. The data suggests that the continuing rise in the numbers of students with disabilities in higher education (19% increase in the last two years) is not being met with a similar increase in staffing levels across the sector.
- The participation rate of Students with Disabilities in full time courses (5.9%) is almost 5 times the participation rate in part time courses (1.3%).
Read the full report from AHEAD Here
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